Date Archives for September 2016
Joe Kennedy, 5:00 pm
These high-altitude chameleons are endemic to the dormant Tanzanian Mount Meru volcano east of the Great Rift Valley, but the fascinating critters have proved to be adaptable. Also known as Jackson’s chameleon, they’re native to forests at altitudes of 5,250-to-8,010 feet where rainfall exceeds 50 inches a year. But they’re also found in wooded areas of some Nairobi suburbs. They were introduced to Hawaii in 1972 and have since become an invasive species that thrives at lower altitudes. They have also been introduced in Florida.
Dana Sanchez, 4:03 pm
Fifty years of uninterrupted democracy have inspired confidence in landlocked Botswana. Its 2.6 million people live in a semi-desert, rich in sunshine and diamonds. But failure to diversify the economy means 20% unemployment among youth. The government is preoccupied with having state-owned resources which stifles economic activity, an economist said. Then there’s the matter of “creeping authoritarianism.” Botswana needs to invest in renewable energy, a stakeholder said.
Renewables Make Up 30% Of All South African Foreign Direct Investment. Why Is Nuclear Still On The Table?By Dana Sanchez, 10:11 am
There is widespread public opposition to South Africa’s nuclear expansion process. Distrust is rooted in a 2014 announcement that the Russian nuclear agency Rosatom had secured rights to build new South African nuclear plants. Renewable tech has improved a lot since SA first proposed 9600MW of new nuclear energy in its 2010-2030 plan for electricity. By mid-2016, renewables were providing around 16% of SA’s energy during peak times, and growing.
Kevin Mwanza, 10:02 am
Kenya Airways, the national carrier in East Africa’s biggest economy, is in talks with three investors over plans to sell a stake in the loss-making airline and raise cash for its operations. The airlines needs about $600 million in new debt and equity funds to finance its operations, months after it posted a record net loss of $258 million (Sh 26.2 billion) for the 2015-16 financial year. The African carrier has posted losses for the last three consecutive years.
Kenya is a high-burden TB country. In 2015, Kenya had over 81,000 cases of TB, some of whom are infected with both TB and HIV. The number of people who die from TB has risen steadily since 2010, reaching almost 5,000 in 2015. There are also a growing number of drug-resistant TB cases. At least one million children become ill with TB every year around the world with 140,000 losing their lives. Nearly 7,000 infants and children here in Kenya had TB in 2015.
Richard Holmes, 7:30 am
My favorite destination in the Quirimbas region is Ibo Island, where time on the beach comes a distant second to meeting the locals and soaking up the history. There are a handful of guesthouses on the island, but Ibo Island Lodge is your best bet. Walking tours let you wander through the layers of history left behind by Arab, Chinese and Portuguese traders. Silversmiths at the historic fort continue the multi-generational trade. Their fine filigree jewelry makes a perfect souvenir.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:18 am
President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked a member of his communication unit who plagiarized part of his ‘Change Begins with Me’ speech which he delivered earlier this month. The aide was not named publicly. The president’s communication team also acquired a new digital process to help in drafting speeches and avoid embarrassing mistakes like plagiarism. The speech had an entire paragraph lifted from the speech made by U.S. President Barack Obama after winning the presidency in November 2008.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:10 am AFKI Original
Very few stocks have shown the consistency to remain within the FTSE/JSE Top 40 Index for the last 20 years, but 11 companies have managed the impressive feat. There are an elite group of businesses that have managed to stay in the top 40 of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange since 1996. Here are the 11 companies that have remained within the FTSE/JSE Top 40 Index for 20 years.
Dana Sanchez, 8:52 pm
Slipping into the driver’s seat of the Chevrolet Utility bakkie, you will immediately feel surrounded by modern design and comfort to enhance the car-like driving experience of this ultra-modern delivery vehicle. This cost-effective bakkie offers outstanding performance and fuel economy, superior convenience, class-leading infotainment package and enhanced safety features. Throw in some robust working-class characteristics and you’ll find that this is a machine of a vehicle that’s not afraid to roll up its sleeves, get down in the dirt and get it done.
Derek Dias, 5:32 pm
Rwanda is criminally underrated as a tourist destination. Deep in the mountains of the country’s southwest, Nyungwe Forest National Park is the largest area of original montane rainforest left in East Africa — that’s forest growing at up to 10,000-feet altitude. Nyungwe offers amazing hiking, canopy walks, and the option to track chimpanzees. Hiking trails range from an easy 1.5 miles to the 25-mile Congo-Nile Divide Trail, which requires a guide and multiple overnight stays in the forest.
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